Teammates... We all have them. We love them. We hate them. We tolerate them. We judge them. Our parents talk about them. The coaches bring up their names. They are talked about by other players on the team. But, what type of teammate are you?
We all have roles in the squad that are "assigned" to us. Things that we can't really control. We play this position. We are told to do this tactically in certain situations. Our coach plays us the way that they believe we will help the team the most. These are the things that we have zero control over. The things that we do have control over is our attitude and our work ethic. There are some others that we can control, but let's focus on these two.
What you bring to a training session is so important. Are you positive/negative right from the start? Do you greet everyone around you? Do you stay in your own bubble? Are you preparing for what the session might bring? Do you bring high energy when it is time to perform? It is so important to "try" and adapt to the team environment as quick as possible. Giving your best in each exercise as well as to each person. Some of us may be shy. While others may not ever shut up. There is a balance that is needed to create the best team environment possible.
Number one thing. Greet everyone. From the coach to every player. It can be a simple, "what's up?, how are you?," etc. Always check in with your coach, as they are out there to give you the best experience possible. Even though they are your coach, they are still human. If you are shy, try to get out of your comfort zone and speak to others. It can be very tough at first, but you will get used to it with practice. If you never shut up... Just read the room. See if others are responding to you or if you are having a conversation with yourself while others are around.
Inserting positivity can be addicting. Tough moments need leaders. During fitness, playing badly, or losing. Some sort of belief needs to be put back into the squad to get you guys back on track. Relay the coaches message to your teammates on the field! Could you be that person to help bring the team back to life? Wishing negative moments on others is never a sign of a good teammate. That player may have taken your spot, but why wish them to do poorly when you both are playing for the same squad? Be the first person to pick them up even if you are on the bench. It goes along way in their eyes as well as the coaches.
Take a step back and really think about what type of teammate you are. Bring a high level of energy to training and matches. Show that you truly care. Bring a positive attitude and keep it even when times are tough. It is a challenge that all of us will go through. Why not give your best in all aspects to allow growth for everyone around you?
"He credited his teammates, who he thanked in turn, with challenging him every day and driving him forward and making him a better player."
- Stephen Curry